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Titans Seek 10th Home Opening Win at LP Field

Posted by Gary Glenn on September 11, 2014 – 12:43 pm

_1DJ0984The Titans will play their 16th home opener at LP Field Sunday when they face the Cowboys. Since 1999, when they became the Titans and opened their new stadium, they are 9-6 in their first home game of the regular season, including wins in three out of their last four home openers.

The Titans won their first game of 2013 at LP Field against the San Diego Chargers in dramatic fashion after Jake Locker completed a go-ahead, 34-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hunter with 15 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

History in regular-season home openers at LP Field (since 1999)

Titans 36, Bengals 35 – Sept. 12, 1999
Titans 17, Chiefs 14 (OT) – Sept. 10, 2000
Dolphins 31, Titans 23 – Sept. 9, 2001
Titans 27, Eagles 24 – Sept. 8, 2002
Titans 25, Raiders 20 – Sept. 7, 2003
Colts 31, Titans 17 – Sept. 19, 2004
Titans 25, Ravens 10 – Sept. 18, 2005
Jets 23, Titans 16 – Sept. 10, 2006
Colts 22, Titans 20 – Sept. 16, 2007
Titans 17, Jaguars 10 – Sept. 7, 2008
Texans 34, Titans 31 – Sept. 20, 2009
Titans 38, Raiders 13 – Sept. 12, 2010
Titans 26, Ravens 13 – Sept. 18, 2011
Patriots 34, Titans 13 – Sept. 9, 2012
Titans 20, Chargers 17 – Sept. 22, 2013


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Titans Set High Mark for Passing First Downs

Posted by Gary Glenn on September 11, 2014 – 12:23 pm

Jake LockerAgainst the Chiefs, the Titans passed for 18 first downs. The total was among the best the team has produced in recent seasons.

In games in which the Titans won, the 18 passing first downs at Kansas City tied for the highest since the beginning of the 2004 campaign. Only one time — Dec. 30, 2007 — in that span did the Titans have as many passing first downs in a winning effort as they did against the Chiefs.

Six of Jake Locker’s 18 completions for first downs in the game came on third down. Kendall Wright led the receivers with four receptions for first downs, including a pair of third-down conversions.

The Titans had 24 total first downs in Week 1, including all first downs passing, rushing (five) and by penalty (one). That tied for the eighth-highest total first downs in a game since the start of 2004.

Most passing first downs in a Titans victory since the beginning of 2004:

18 – Sept. 7, 2014 at Kansas City
18 – Dec. 30, 2007 at Indianpolis
17 – Nov. 9, 2008 at Chicago


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Nate Washington Moving Up Franchise’s Receiving Charts

Posted by Gary Glenn on September 11, 2014 – 12:16 pm

_53V5005As his sixth year with the Titans unfolds, wide receiver Nate Washington continues to move higher in the franchise’s all-time receiving rankings.

Washington, who joined the Titans as a free agent in 2009 after playing with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2005 through 2008, became the ninth player in Titans/Oilers history to reach 4,000 receiving yards (4,003) last week at Kansas City. With 31 receiving yards this week, he will overtake Drew Bennett (4,033 career receiving yards with the Titans) for eighth on the franchise list.

Also this week, Washington could jump two players on the franchise career receptions list. His 271 catches with the Titans rank 11th, one behind Chris Johnson (272) and two behind Bennett (273).

Most career receptions, franchise history:

542 – Ernest Givins 1986–1994
515 – Haywood Jeffires 1987–1995
482 – Frank Wycheck (TE) 1995–2003
480 – Drew Hill 1985–1991
453 – Derrick Mason 1997–2004
410 – Charlie Hennigan 1960–1966
408 – Ken Burrough 1971–1981
322 – Curtis Duncan 1987–1993
273 – Drew Bennett 2001–2006
272 – Chris Johnson (RB) 2008–2013
271 – Nate Washington 2009–2014

Most career receiving yards, franchise history:

7,935 – Ernest Givins 1986–1994
7,477 – Drew Hill 1985–1991
6,906 – Ken Burrough 1971–1981
6,823 – Charlie Hennigan 1960–1966
6,119 – Haywood Jeffires 1987–1995
6,114 – Derrick Mason 1997–2004
4,958 – Frank Wycheck 1995–2003
4,033 – Drew Bennett 2001–2006
4,003 – Nate Washington 2009–2014
3,935 – Curtis Duncan 1987–1993


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Ryan Succop Ties Franchise Mark in First Game

Posted by Gary Glenn on September 11, 2014 – 12:09 pm

_53V5317Ryan Succop was signed by the Titans on Sept. 1 and made his Titans debut six days later in Kansas City, making all four of his field goals and both of his PATs. He also had four touchbacks on seven kickoffs.

Succop tied the franchise record for most field goals in his first game with the team. Only two others in the club’s 55-year history have made as many as four field goals in their Titans/Oilers debut: Al Del Greco (Nov. 10, 1991) and replacement kicker John Diettrich (“strike game” Oct. 4, 1987).

Last week at Kansas City marked the seventh time in Succop’s career he made four or more field goals, and his teams are 7-0 in those contests.

Most field goals in a Titans/Oilers debut, franchise history:

4-of-4 — Ryan Succop Sept. 7, 2014 at Kansas City
4-of-5 — Al Del Greco Nov. 10, 1991 vs. Dallas
4-of-4 — John Diettrich Oct. 4, 1987 at Denver*

* Replacement game


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Michael Griffin Cracks Top 10 in Two Categories

Posted by Gary Glenn on September 11, 2014 – 12:02 pm

_53V5919Safety Michael Griffin was credited with four tackles and recorded an interception last week at Kansas City. In doing so, he moved into the franchise’s career top 10 in both categories.

With 700 career tackles in his eight NFL campaigns, he is now tied with former Titans safety Marcus Robertson for 10th on the team’s all-time list. Among safeties, Griffin and Robertson are tied for second behind only Blaine Bishop (788).

Griffin’s 23rd career interception came against the Chiefs, putting him in a three-way tie for 10th on the franchise interceptions list, along with Willie Alexander and Samari Rolle. Griffin and Rolle are tied for most career interceptions in the “Titans era” (1999–present).

Most career tackles, franchise history

1,970 – Gregg Bingham (LB) 1973–1984
1,281 – Robert Brazile (LB) 1975–1984
1,265 – Keith Bulluck (LB) 2000–2009
907 – Ted Washington (LB) 1973–1982
877 – Al Smith (LB) 1987–1996
836 – John Grimsley (LB) 1984–1990
788 – Blaine Bishop (S) 1993–2001
784 – Ray Childress (DL) 1985–1995
738 – Steve Kiner (LB) 1974–1978
700 – Michael Griffin (S) 2007–2014
700 – Marcus Robertson (S) 1991–2000

Most career interceptions, franchise history

45 – Jim Norton (S) 1960–1968
31 – Cris Dishman (CB) 1988–1996
30 – Fred Glick (S) 1961–1966
27 – Tony Banfield (CB) 1960–1965
27 – W.K. Hicks (CB) 1964–1969
27 – Darryll Lewis (CB) 1991–1998
26 – Mike Reinfeldt (S) 1976–1983
25 – Ken Houston (S) 1967–1972
24 – Zeke Moore (CB) 1967–1977
23 – Michael Griffin (S) 2007–2014
23 – Willie Alexander (CB) 1971–1979
23 – Samari Rolle (CB) 1998–2004
22 – Marcus Robertson (S) 1991–2000


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America is Ready for Some Football

Posted by Joe Fann on September 2, 2014 – 2:42 pm

Are you struggling to get through the day without counting down the seconds until the 2014 NFL season kicks off Thursday night? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Not by a long shot.
For nearly three decades running, the NFL is America’s favorite sport and it’s not even close. This according to the Harris Poll that’s put together every year.
Pro football is the top choice for more than one-third of Americans (35%), more than doubling up Major League Baseball in second place (14%).
As if America couldn’t enough pigskin every weekend, college football rounds out the podium in third place at 11 percent. Auto racing (7%) and the NBA (6%) are the other two sports in the top five.
 

RANK
SPORT
PERCENT
1
Pro Football
35
2
Baseball
14
3
College Football
11
4
Auto Racing
7
5
Men’s Pro Basketball
6



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Getting Off to Strong Start Important

Posted by Gary Glenn on August 31, 2014 – 12:45 pm

Getting off to a strong start is important.

Over the past 10 years, six teams have a winning percentage of at least .600 through the season’s first month. Those six clubs have combined for 39 playoff berths and nine Super Bowl appearances, including four Super Bowl championships during that span.

The six teams with a .600+ winning percentage in the opening month over the past 10 seasons (2004-13):

New England: 23-8-0 ( .742)

Indianapolis: 22-10-0 (.688)

Seattle: 22-11-0 (.667)

Baltimore: 21-11-0 (.656)

Dallas: 21-11-0 (.656)

Denver: 22-12-0 (.647)


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Schwenke Camp Diaries – Halfway Through Preseason

Posted by Joe Fann on August 18, 2014 – 3:18 pm

Titans center Brian Schwenke is back with more inside information for what an NFL training camp is like from a player’s perspective.

Entry #7 – To the Bayou and Back

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We hit the road for the first time on Friday. It was a nice and easy flight to New Orleans, filled with more cards amongst the offensive linemen. When we got to the hotel, Andy Levitre, Michael Roos, Taylor Lewan, and I went to go find some dinner. We went to a restaurant called ‘Nola’, I’m pretty sure It’s Emril’s restaurant. Regardless, it was delicious. Fantastic food. We had some amazing appetizers, buttermilk fried chicken, and it was all amazing. After dinner and a few meetings we all crashed at the team hotel.

Having a late game Friday, we pretty much had the whole day to just kind of relax. We had some meetings but the most olineimportant part was that we got to sleep in. When you get to wake up at 10 a.m. you have to be happy about it. We did a little prep on New Orleans, not as much as we would for a regular season game but we still looked at a few of their pressures. We filtered through those just to give us somewhat of an idea for what to expect come game time. We knew that no matter what they would do a bunch of things that we weren’t expecting.

We left the game feeling really good about what we accomplished. Obviously you want to win, but the first goal is to play well together for us as an offense. It felt great those first few series where we drove the ball down the field and got points on the board.

The flight back to Nashville was rather uneventful, except for more cards of course. The game 7’s has stuck with our group which is rare. Usually we get sick of different games and always have to change it up. This is the first time a card game has stuck around this long. Any 20-minute break we get we are playing that game.

We landed at 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning and had to come back to watch film later in the morning. We got the blood flowing a little bit with a walkthrough and then they let us off by 6:00 p.m. It was the first time we had a night off at home with a day off to follow. It was nice to have plenty of time to relax and get away from football.

My day off was filled with normal people stuff like grocery shopping, paying bills… You know, the fun stuff. Fear not though, I did sneak in a massage so I had no complaints. After a relaxing night of dinner and a movie with the wife, we got back after it today. It’s all about improving everyday and competing against our defense to make them better as well.

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Keep it logged on to TitansOnline.com for Schwenke’s preparation for the Titans third preseason game.


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Schwenke Camp Diaries – Preseason in Full Swing

Posted by Joe Fann on August 13, 2014 – 5:55 pm

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Titans center Brian Schwenke is back with more of the inside scoop for what an NFL training camp is like from a player’s perspective.

Entry #6 – In the Thick of it

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Our first preseason game last Saturday against the Packers brought a little bit of surprise weather. We weren’t expecting a monsoon but it’s part of he game and you have to deal with whatever mother nature wants to throw your way. We tried to deal with it the best we could and I think it was a great test for us in the preseason. For me, working on the center-to-quarterback exchange in a torrential downpour was a new experience. Most importantly though, we came back and won the game. I know it’s just the preseason, but all of us are such hyper-competitive people that we never want to lose.

On Sunday we had a much needed day off. As you can probably guess, I had another massage (because duh). My lovely massage… After that I relaxed and played video games. I used to like really competitive games, but now I like to control the speed and play one player games so I can relax. Right now I’m playing “The Last of Us” which is basically a game where you just shoot zombies. Like I said, relaxing. Oddly enough, my wife enjoys watching me play. We just sit there and she watches while I play. Seriously. She’s a keeper for sure. Then we had an amazing dinner of chicken medallions wrapped in bacon with cheesy potato casserole and asparagus. A movie and chocolate ice cream concluded the perfect day off.

We came back Monday and had a tough practice offensively. The defense showed up and played really well and we didn’t make the plays as an offense. Tuesday was a much better practice. It was very competitive and even got a little heated at points with a few scuffles. The offense made a ton of plays and redeemed our performance from Monday. If we keep practicing like this we’re going to have a very good team.

I’m looking forward to our first road trip this weekend. As long as the Super Dome doesn’t leak, it will be nice to be snapping a dry ball. I think this Friday against the Saints will be our first real chance to show what our offense is capable of.

Later days my friends. See you when we get back from the Big Easy.

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Keep it logged on to TitansOnline.com for Schwenke’s reaction to the Titans second preseason game.


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Wednesday Roster Moves

Posted by Joe Fann on August 13, 2014 – 2:52 pm

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The Tennessee Titans added veteran C Steve Vallos and LB Kendrick Adams to their roster. The Titans waived LB David Gilbert and OL Viondy Merisma to make room for the additions.

Vallos (6-3, 310) is a veteran of six NFL seasons and has 59 games of NFL experience. Last season, he played in 15 games for the AFC Champion Denver Broncos. He also saw time with Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Cleveland and Seattle. Vallos entered the NFL as a seventh-round selection by the Seahawks in 2007, where he remained through the 2009 season. The Wake Forest product has logged nine starts during his pro career.

Adams (6-5, 250) entered the NFL as a undrafted free agent, who originally signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Over the past two seasons he spent time on the practice squads of Tampa Bay, Detroit, Cincinnati and New York Giants. He also spent the offseason and training camp with the Cleveland Browns last season. Adams played his college football at LSU, where he was a two-year starter and registered 6.5 sacks.


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